INPUT


Reads a list of values from the keyboard

Syntax:
Input [;] ["prompt" ,|; ] variable_list

Parameters:
prompt
an optional string literal that is written to the screen as a prompt. If it is followed by a semicolon (;), a question mark ("? ") will be appended to the prompt. If it is followed by a comma, nothing will be appended.
variable_list
a list of comma-separated variables used to hold the values read from the user.

Description:
Reads a list values from the keyboard up until the first carriage return. Numerical values are converted from their string representation into the corresponding types in the variable list. Characters are echoed to the screen as they are typed.

If there is more than one value in the input list, then the input line will be split up by scanning for delimiters - commas (,) after strings, or commas and whitespace after numbers. Surrounding whitespace will be trimmed from string values. If an input string has a comma in it, it must be wrapped in quotes ("...") to prevent it being split up.
For inputting to a single string without delimiting, Line Input should be used instead.

The prompt - if any - is written to the screen at the current cursor location, and characters read are echoed to the screen immediately following the prompt. If no prompt is specified, characters are echoed at the current cursor location.

The optional leading semicolon (;) after Input is similar to the optional trailing semicolon in a Print statement: the cursor will remain on the same line after all of the characters have been echoed, otherwise, the cursor will move to the beginning of the next line.

If more values are read than are listed in the variable list, extra values will be ignored; if fewer values are read (i.e. the user presses enter before inputting all values), the remaining variables will be initialized (numeric variables to zero (0), and string variables to the empty string ("")).

Numeric values are converted using methods similar to the procedures Val and ValLng, using the most appropriate function for the number format, converting as many numeric characters as possible.

Input has a limited edit capacity: it allows to erase characters using the backspace key. If a better user interface is needed, a custom input routine should be used.

Examples:
Example #1
Dim user_name As String, user_age As Integer

Input "Enter your name and age, separated by a comma: ", user_name, user_age

Print "Your name is " & user_name & ", and you are " & user_age & " years old."

Example #2
Dim As Double a, b
Dim As String yn

Do
   
    Input   "Please enter a number: ", a
    Input ; "And another: ", b
    Print , "Thank you"
    Sleep 500
    Print
    Print "The total is "; a + b
    Print
   
    Do
        Input "Would you like to enter some more numbers"; yn
        yn = LCase(yn)
    Loop Until yn = "y" Or yn = "n"
   
Loop While LCase(yn) = "y"


Differences from QB:
See also:
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